Last week, I was blessed to spend a week in Fort Worth, Texas for the second consecutive year. I served as a trainer for YouthLeader and had the opportunity to help high school youth (and their youth ministers) develop their leadership skills (in a Christian context) through a week of sessions, prayers, games, socials, and more. I was inspired by the enthusiasm and desire of the young people I met.
When YouthLeader ended on Friday, I spent 24 hours with my good friends Marie and Mike and their 5 wonderful children. On Friday night, we went to watch Andrew (the oldest child) play baseball. It was a really fun night as we were treated to some decent hardball (especially for 9 and 10 year olds) and I got to meet and take a picture with ex-Toronto Blue Jay – and 3 time MLB All-Star – Vernon Wells. He’s one of the coaches of Andrew’s team.
The game came down to the last inning and Andrew’s team was up to bat down 6-4 with 2 out and the bases loaded. One of Andrew’s teammates walked up to the plate, and I just so happened to be standing next to the batter’s dad.
Today I returned to Fort Worth, Texas for the second consecutive year. In fact, it’s my 3rd time to Texas in the past 4 years – I spoke at a youth conference back in the summer of 2011. Once again, I am here as a trainer for YouthLeader and I’m excited to work with the teens and youth ministry leaders in this wonderful community. I was blessed by my time here last year, and I’m looking forward to more of the same this time around.
The day started off well as I was able to secure emergency exit row seats on both legs of my flight. Thus, I was in row 2 of the small plane from Vancouver to Portland and I had all of row 16 to myself on the longer Portland to Dallas flight. At least I thought I had the whole row to myself. But after I woke up from the first of many quick naps, there was a woman sitting in my row. Reminded me of when I wake up after nodding off – I mean, after reflecting with my eyes closed – in the adoration chapel.